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We are pleased to welcome University of Southampton staff and students back to our libraries for studying and browsing. You will notice some changes: study spaces and browsing slots must be prebooked and we have new measures in place to keep you safe. 

Our initial opening hours are: 

  • Hartley Library: Monday - Friday, 11:00-15:00 (from 10 September) 
  • Health Services Library: Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00-15:00 (from 3 September) 
  • Winchester School of Art Library: Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00-15:00 (from 22 September, study space only) 
  • National Oceanographic Library: reopening date to be confirmed 

Term time opening hours will start on 28 September:

  • Hartley Library: Monday - Friday 08:00-midnight; Saturday - Sunday 09:00-17:00
  • Health Services Library: Monday - Friday 08:00-18:00; Saturday - Sunday 11:00-15:00
  • Winchester School of Art Library: Monday - Friday 09:00-17:00 (study space only); Saturday - Sunday closed

We have taken the decision with the Faculty of Humanities for the Avenue Library & Learning Commons to remain closed until January 2021. It is guided by the need to make additional short-term space available for teaching and learning, and difficulties ensuring the Library & Learning Commons would be COVID-secure for staff and students. 

Studying in the Libraries:  Prebook a study space. Study spaces are two metres apart and cleaning materials will be provided. The computer workstation rooms within the libraries remain closed, but some bookable PCs will be available. Please note that from 28th September bookings are restricted to one hour per person per day. This ensures fair use while we have reduced study space capacity with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Browse & Borrow: Prebook a timeslot to select books from the shelves at Hartley and the Health Services Library, then use the self-issue machine.

Click & Collect: You can continue to use our Click & Collect service using the Place Hold option in our catalogue, WebCat, to reserve books. When you have received the notification email, you can collect your books within 7 days any time the libraries are open, using the self issue machines to add the books to your library account. 

Book returns: You can return books to the Hartley book returns letterbox, the red box outside the Health Services Library and the trolley inside the Winchester School of Art Library entrance. It may take a few days before the books are removed from your library account. All books will be quarantined to ensure they are safe to borrow.  

We have been working hard to put measures in place to ensure safe use of our libraries, including:  

  •          Hand sanitisers at library entrances and increased cleaning
  •          Limited occupancy with prebooked study spaces to enable social distancing 
  •          Test & trace system 
  •          Perspex screens at service desks 
  •          A one-way route around the library to avoid congestion 
  •          A quarantine system for returned items 

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Library. Please contact us if you have any questions.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Hartley Library, the Health Services Library and the Winchester School of Art (WSA) Library are open to current University staff and students, and NHS Trust staff. All study space and browsing for books must be prebooked and the confirmation email shown on arrival. Please note that Browse & Borrow is not currently available at WSA Library.

Study space and Browse & Borrow can be booked at https://library.soton.ac.uk/bookings

Please note that from 28th September, study space bookings are restricted to one hour per person per day. This ensures fair use while we have reduced capacity with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Visitors to the Archives will be asked to show the email confirmation of their booking at the Library entrance.

The National Oceanographic Library is currently closed, please contact libenqs@soton.ac.uk with any questions.

The Avenue Library & Learning Commons will remain closed until January 2021. This decision was guided by the need to make additional short-term space available for teaching and learning, and difficulties ensuring the Library & Learning Commons would be COVID-secure for staff and students. Please use the Place Hold option in WebCat to request items for collection at Hartley.

Social distancing measures mean that our libraries have reduced capacity and we regret that we are unable to offer access to the libraries for members of the public, including sixth form students, external borrowers and SCONUL Access users. We will update this page when visitor access resumes.

Please contact libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Social distancing measures mean that our libraries have reduced capacity and we regret that we are unable to offer access to the libraries for alumni, members of the public (including sixth form students), external borrowers and SCONUL Access users. We will update this page when visitor access resumes.

You are welcome to bring hot and cold covered drinks to your prebooked study space. You may also eat cold food at your prebooked study space in Hartley and the Health Services Library.

The water fountains and Hartley Library microwaves are not available.

The Library Café in Hartley will be open for takeaway food and drink via the cafe side door from 21st September. You can access the cafe without needing a Library booking.

Click & Collect: collecting books without a booked timeslot

You can request books available in the libraries using the Place Hold option in WebCat: login to WebCat, and search for the book you need. If there is a list of results, select the record for the appropriate book and click Place Hold (on the left of the screen). Books from the Avenue Library & Learning Commons can be collected from Hartley.

We will let you know by email when your book(s) are ready and you can collect them when the library is open. You must receive the confirmation email before you come to collect your books. Books must be collected within 7 days of the confirmation email being received. Please bring your University ID card to issue the books on the self-issue machines and remember that face coverings must be worn.

You will not have access to study space in the libraries, or to browse for books when using Click & Collect.

Browse & Borrow

Prebook a timeslot at Hartley or the Health Services Library to select books from the shelves, then use the self-issue machine to add them to your library account.

You will not have access to study space if you have a Browse & Borrow timeslot.

Requesting books

Please use the Place Hold option in WebCat to request books that are currently on loan to other users.

Use our interlibrary loan service to request books, journal articles or other material that we do not have in our collections. Please email libenqs@soton.ac.uk to make book purchase suggestions.

You can return books to the Hartley book returns letterbox, the red box outside the Health Services Library and the trolley inside the Winchester School of Art Library entrance. It may take a few days before the books are removed from your library account.

All books will be quarantined to ensure they are safe to borrow.

The library group study rooms are not currently available because ventilation issues mean they cannot be made COVID-secure. When available, we will add details of independent and group study space that opens up across campus.

Your Subject Guide lists key resources, including databases to search for journal articles and WebCat, our library catalogue.

Our PressReader subscription gives you access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from the UK and around the world.

See our Using your online Library webpages.

The computer workstation rooms in Hartley are not currently available.

Prebooked PCs are available at each library site using our booking form and many of the study spaces in the libraries have power sockets for you to charge laptops.

We will be operating a laptop loan service later in Semester 1.

Printers (also known as Multi-Functional Devices, MFDs as they also scan and photocopy) are available in the Hartley Library and Health Services Library. MFDs at Winchester School of Art are available in the Rotunda and Graphic Arts, Eastside 3021.

MFDs in the libraries are only available for staff and students who are in the library for a prebooked study space or Browse & Borrow timeslot.

For more information on printing, including adding money to your account and the location of other MFDs on Highfield campus, please see the iSolutions printing for students page.

IT help is available from the iSolutions Serviceline team.

Enabling Services provide support for student with disabilities, mental health conditions or specific learning difficulties.

The Hartley Library lift is not currently available to students but we have bookable study spaces on the entrance level (level 2) for students who find using the stairs difficult. Please contact libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions on accessing the library or library resources.

You will find support and advice on our Academic Skills pages covering useful study skills such as: critical thinking, academic integrity (referencing and avoiding plagiarism), information management, presentation skill, exam technique and research skills.

You can also book appointments for writing support and general academic skills support.

The Avenue Library & Learning Commons will remain closed until January 2021. This decision was guided by the need to make additional short-term space available for teaching and learning, and difficulties ensuring the Library & Learning Commons would be COVID-secure for staff and students. Academics, researchers and students will be able to access library resources via our digital library, including ebooks, journal articles, films and TV clips, current and historical newspapers and digitised items on reading list. From the start of term, print Course Collection material held at Avenue will be available on a one week loan period from the Click & Collect service, with collection at Hartley.

You can request books via Click & Collect using the Place Hold option in WebCat: login to WebCat, and search for the book you need. If there is a list of results, select the record for the appropriate book and click Place Hold (on the left of the screen).

We will let you know by email when your book(s) are ready and you can collect them when the library is open. You must receive the confirmation email before you come to collect your books. Books must be collected within 7 days of the confirmation email being received. Please bring your University ID card to issue the books on the self-issue machines and remember that face coverings must be worn.

You will not have access to study space in the libraries, or to browse for books when using Click & Collect.

Please contact us at libenqs@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

We’re pleased to be able to welcome back researchers who need access to our collections of archival material and rare books for their research to our Searchroom service from Tuesday 29 September.

Opening hours: This service will be open on Tuesday-Thursday 1000-1500, by prior appointment only (via Archives@soton.ac.uk)

Booking an appointment: All visitors will be required to book their visit and order their material (archives and rare books) at least 5 working days in advance without exception. These visits are booked via the Archives email: Archives@soton.ac.uk. Please contact the Archives for information on using the Archives and Rare Books Searchroom service.

Length of booking: The visits will normally be for one whole day, but could be divided into morning (1000-1220) or afternoon (1240-1500) only sessions.

Confirmation of appointment: You will be given an email confirmation of your appointment with the Archives service which you should bring with you to show at the Library entrance on arrival. No visitor will be admitted to the Library or to the Archives Searchroom without this confirmation of appointment, so please do not travel if you have not booked.

Safety measures in place: Masks must be worn whilst moving around the Library building and in the Archives Searchroom.

Ordering material: The number of items that can be accessed during a visit is restricted to 6 items. We will accept an order of up to 10 items, the additional being alternative documents in case any of your first choice are unavailable, such as being used by another researcher.